Review: Julian's Farewell (Bloodmates Book 1) by Jaden Sinclair (PNR)

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Noble born, Julian Marino turned his back on the only life he has ever known to search for a lost friend he has always cared about and never forgotten. Groomed to take his place as an Elder, his father's ambitions, not his own, Julian set out to reinvent himself. Learning to fight, to hunt, to track has been very successful for him, but not in his many year quests to find his best friend. Feeling defeated, Julian goes to the one and only home he still has left and discovers new problems within his race as well as a new war brewing.

Serina Ferrari was born a bloodmate. She is destined to be mated with a vampire and will suffer greatly if not. Her system isn’t designed for a human life. Her body functions only for a vampire, and without enough nutrition as well as feedings from a vampire, she will die. Her father refuses to accept this fate. He thinks he can cure her and is blind to the suffering she goes through. He takes vampires and even Elders with the hope of finding the cure needed for his daughter. Has no care with how many lives he takes either or how they die. He only wants to save his daughter and kill as many vampires as he can. But when he ends up taking Julian all bets are off and the war that had been brewing starts, not to mention there’s a Guardian tagging along right behind Julian—a legendary protector to the vampire race, and very deadly when crossed.

Now the battle is on, but who comes out a victor, or a victim?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

In the first book in the Guardian series, Julian Marino is a hunter looking for his blood mate. It has been a long time without her and the empty, unsatisfied feelings are getting worse. He has also yet to find his best friend Carissa. Since she disappeared there has been no trace of her. He is frustrated and when he gets a note bringing him back home, he doesn’t know what to think.

Lucian welcomes Julian home and they fear what is truly transpiring. The Breeders are attacking and the underground war is progressing. The elder Ambrose is sending the notes requesting Julian’s help.

Dr. Renzo Ferrari needs to be found. His daughter is a Blood mate and he is experimenting on vampires trying to cure her. Julian is searching for the “good” doctor but has a shadow following him. The female guardian is trailing him. He has no clue who she is or why she follows him.

Julian eventually finds the doctor and is captured. He is shocked about who he meets in captivity. With the help from the guardian he is able to fight his way out and go into hiding. Julian is able to stay hidden long enough for his blood mate to get stronger and prepare for the fight of her life. Unfortunately Dr. Ferrari’s nephew finds them before they are ready. Once captured they will both be dead. Will the guardian save them again?

This book was an ok book. The story was fast paced and full of suspense. The reader knew secrets before the main character did, so it was interesting to see how Julian managed.

I could not stand Serina. She giggled too much in the story and annoyed me too much. I couldn’t connect with her. In fact I couldn’t really connect with Julian either. I think the story was too short to really get to know the characters or get invested into the plot. The ending was sad as was the guardian’s plight. This could be a great series. So I hope the second book is better. I give this a 3 out of 5.

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